Upgrades

DataXstream understands SAP upgrades and the need to execute upgrades quickly and effectively to minimize disruption and ensure business continuity. We help clients understand the options available to them. We help define and balance a technically-driven upgrade with one that simultaneously delivers enhanced business capability based on the client’s business needs and budget. DataXstream focuses on understanding both the technical and business environment, establishing the approach, delivering an SAP upgrade project plan best suited to your company’s goals, and then executing that plan.

DataXstream Understands Upgrades

DataXstream has been assisting companies with critical SAP upgrades since 1998, when it implemented its first upgrade from SAP 3.1 G to 3.1I for Lucent Technologies.  Since then, it has helped nearly a dozen other companies with their upgrade needs, working with nearly every version of SAP from 3.1G to ECC 6.0.  Since 2010, DataXstream has also been helping companies virtualize their SAP landscapes in preparation for their next upgrades.

SAP Upgrade Project Plans That Suit Your Company’s Goals

Our focus is on understanding your technical and business environment; establishing the approach; delivering an SAP upgrade project plan best suited to your company’s goals; and then executing that plan. Our approach looks at what you need to get through the SAP upgrade and ensures you are positioned to reap the subsequent benefits. In particular, we work with our clients in the areas of:

Infrastructure Assessment

Most SAP upgrades involve multiple complex steps, and proper preparation is critical to the success of upgrade as well as project timeline predictability.  In preparation for an upgrade project, it is critical that the infrastructure is properly architected to meet the needs of the upgrade and future ongoing operation.  To ensure this happens, DataXstream does several detailed reviews at the start of our work, including:

  • A review of existing SAP landscape and hardware;
  • A review of sizing requirements for upgrade landscape;
  • A review of upgrade hardware, servers, storage, network, and back-up; and
  • A review of upgrade infrastructure set-up, servers, storage, network, and VMware.

Once DataXstream has documented all affected systems (SAP and non-SAP) and identified all gaps, we develop a strategy to support the upgrade process while maintaining business continuity in current production systems.  DataXstream also presents you with the various options available.  For example, you may determine that building a virtual SAP environment is in your ultimate interest.  If so, this changes the rules of what is possible with your upgrade.  Read more on virtualizing your SAP environment.

Project Management

Once DataXstream has developed a strategy for upgrading your system, we clearly articulate the goals of the upgrade from both a technical and business perspective.  We prioritize work lists for object and process remediation and testing.  We collaboratively develop support strategies and methodologies to allow ongoing production support and internal functionality releases to be deployed in parallel with the upgrade project.  Whether it is during the stage of pre-implementation, execution, or post-implementation of your system upgrade, DataXstream remains highly involved in the process.

Technical Leadership

Throughout the process, DataXstream provides technical leadership in critical areas.  We develop, test, and time trial a production upgrade plan that minimizes system downtime.  We utilize tools and techniques to rapidly identify custom development objects and subsequent remediation actions (e.g. retain an object as is, modify it to work with the new release, decommission it as functionality is now standard in the new release.)  Throughout the process, we leverage deliverables from earlier projects that can be used to minimize rework (e.g. test plans and approaches, business process procedures, security and authorizations test scripts, etc.).  At the completion of the upgrade process, we identify opportunities for technical improvement and lay out an approach for moving forward to reap additional benefits.